The program was created to:
- Expose students to serious biomedical research;
- Build a statewide biomedical research infrastructure between undergraduate and graduate institutions; and
- Strengthen each undergraduate institution's infrastructure and increase its capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research.
Below, we get to know more about INBRE scholar Derek Kleier.
- Name: Derek Kleier
- Hometown: Trumbull, Neb.
- School: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Science has always been part of my life. Growing up on a farm I enjoyed going outside and examining the insects, plants and animals there. My compassion for animals and all living things has shown me the importance and value of life. As a 10-year-old I never imagined that in 11 years I would be working in a research lab at UNMC and studying to become a doctor.
The experience to work at a medical university in a research lab is a huge opportunity that I could not pass up. I have a great interest in the biomedical field. My hope is by the end of the INBRE program I will have a better understanding of biomedical research in order to decide if I want to make it part of my future career as a doctor.
Regardless of what I choose, I know participating in the INBRE program will give me a better understanding and appreciation for research advances in the medical field.